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Back to School in Good Form!

Formulate a back to school good oral health plan and your child will enter school in good form!  Summer break will soon be over and it will be time to return to school! Parents and caregivers are preparing to get school supplies together and fill out all of the necessary health forms. For Kentucky children attending school for the first time as kindergartners, the dental screening or exam form is mandatory. Requirements were passed to [...]

By |2021-07-30T09:05:21-04:00July 30th, 2021|Blog|

Rock Star Reasons to Become a Member of KOHC!

Share your ideas Take charge and help develop the statewide oral health policy agenda Advocate for optimal oral health for all Kentuckians Receive recognition for yourself or your organization While the stars and fireflies light the sizzling summer skies, be cool and become a star member of KOHC. You can be part of the voice to improve oral health for all people of Kentucky. This year, we continued to promote oral health best practices and [...]

By |2021-07-13T11:05:51-04:00July 13th, 2021|Blog|

Friendly Reminder: Yes, It’s Time to See your Dentist!

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Herald Leader, Kentucky Health News, and Northern Kentucky Tribune in July 2021. By Dr. Stephanie Poynter and Linda Poynter, PHRDH, BHS  Like many Kentuckians, we are eager for a summer of “back-to-normal” activities – backyard BBQs with neighbors, family trips to our favorite state parks, and evenings at the county fair.  One big “back-to-normal” activity for families across the Commonwealth this summer is reviewing that ever-growing back-to-school checklist. As a dentist and dental hygienist and committed members [...]

By |2021-07-12T15:47:05-04:00July 12th, 2021|Blog|

Healthy Food and Drink Choices to Achieve Optimal Oral and Overall Health

Throughout June, KOHC has been celebrating National Oral Health Month with new topics each week highlighting the importance of oral health and healthy choices for overall wellbeing. We know that oral health is closely tied to overall health and caring for your oral health goes beyond brushing and flossing your teeth each day. A good oral health routine includes regular screenings for oral cancer, dental hygiene and routine check-ups, and healthy food and beverage choices. [...]

By |2021-06-30T11:32:29-04:00June 30th, 2021|Blog|

The importance of oral cancer screenings and healthy choices for your mouth

Guest post by Dr. Pam VanArsdall, professor at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry and the Education Director of the grant Eradicate Oral Cancer in Eastern Kentucky.   From 2013-2017 Kentucky had the highest rate of oral cancer in the nation. We know that there are several risk factors for developing oral cancer that can be avoided by making healthy choices for your mouth and body. Tobacco use is the number one risk factor [...]

By |2021-06-23T08:51:40-04:00June 23rd, 2021|Blog|

The Importance of Healthy Food and Drink Choices and New Investments that Support Oral Health

During the month of June, KOHC is recognizing National Oral Health Month with a new topic each week. After a focus on the systemic connections between oral health and overall health last week, we are shifting our focus to the importance of making healthy choices and the ways federal and state investments can support oral health. We know that making healthy choices each day can have a big impact on our overall health and wellbeing, [...]

By |2021-06-11T11:37:58-04:00June 11th, 2021|Blog|

June is National Oral Health Month!

In the month of June, KOHC is celebrating National Oral Health Month and the importance of caring for your oral health as part of your overall health. KOHC often promotes easy ways to care for your oral hygiene – an important part of your daily routine – but we know that oral health goes beyond just brushing and flossing your teeth each day. Oral health includes taking care of your mouth by getting regular check-ups [...]

By |2021-06-30T11:34:27-04:00June 1st, 2021|Blog|

Smart Choices for a Healthy Summer

Yippee! Summer is just around the corner and many of us are ready for “all things summer”! It’s time to enjoy drive-in movies which will likely include a trip to the concession stand for soda, popcorn, and candy. Perhaps a day at a state fair or local carnival where vendors make it nearly impossible to deny the indulgence of a sticky, sweet candy apple. Who doesn’t like to bring home saltwater taffy for family and [...]

By |2021-05-25T08:18:17-04:00May 25th, 2021|Blog|

COVID-19 Update from KOHC

This page will be updated as more information becomes available.  During this uncertain time, KOHC is dedicated to monitoring the latest updates and recommendations from the CDC, the Kentucky Department for Public Health, Governor Beshear, and key oral health organizations state and nationwide. We will continue to share information and engage the oral health community. We encourage you all to take steps to ensure your own safety and that of your loved ones, and the [...]

By |2021-05-25T15:25:57-04:00May 25th, 2021|Blog|

Update on FDA Menthol Ban and Impact for Oral Health

The recent announcement from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin the process of banning all menthol flavoring in cigarettes and cigars is a huge step in reducing youth and young adult tobacco addiction, addressing health equity, and improving oral health and overall health outcomes. This announcement ensures that the FDA’s next steps will be establishing rules and an opportunity for public comment on the ban of menthol flavoring in cigarettes and all flavoring [...]

By |2021-05-18T11:17:01-04:00May 18th, 2021|Blog|
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